Friday, February 19, 2010

A Dog, Tortoise and Swan

No it isn't one of those picturesque and full of history names of an English pub. There actually are a dog, a tortoise and a swan, or better their effigies. I found this vigilant dog near the dilapidated “Villa Valsovano”, in “Via Venuti”, where the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley lived occasionally from 1819 to 1821.We haven't yet seen the “Palazzo Santa Elisabetta” (St Elisabeth's Palace) in “Piazza Attias”, but I can show you a large tortoise dwelling in its gallery.The last Sunday market in “Piazza Cavour”, where a poor swan was lost amidst the bric-a-brac.

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24 comments:

Renee said...

The tortoise has quite an intimidating look in his eye! But very interesting pictures indeed!! Must be fun there.

Lily Hydrangea said...

great finds VP. there is nothing like a dog statue, I love them.
I would also like to check out that Sunday market too.

Jacob said...

These are all so cute ... you must have been on the lookout for special critters! I was trying to think of a favorite, but they all have their own special "aura."

By the way, that would make a good title for a children's book, "A dog, tortoise and swan." Trillian could write it and you could do the photos.

That's all right, you don't have to thank me. ;-)

Three Rivers, Michigan said...

It does sound like the name of a pub...
I think the dog is somewhat "younger" than Percy Bysshe Shelley -- and the tortoise looks like he is alive! Nice finds. You really know how to look when you are taking a walk!
Three Rivers Daily Photo

James said...

Great idea for a post. Swans are beautiful even when they aren't real. I think you should find a hare to go with the tortoise. :)

Luis Gomez said...

Great post. Nice statues. Every single one of them has "personality". I agree with Jacob, sounds like a good idea for a children's book title.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Some really beautiful statues !! I loved the first one especially !!

Dina said...

You went on safari and bagged good trophies.

Kate said...

Your posts have inspired Jacob with his book title! The dog reminds me that occasionally at night I can hear what I think are coyotes howling outside our condo. Nice doggies!

VP said...

@ Jacob - I don't know about the book, but I have changed the post title as you suggested.

cieldequimper said...

I am so glad you survived your foray into hostile territory to encounter all these animals.
I might just read my Shelley this weekend.

Cezar and Léia said...

The cute turtle is my favourite but all of them are fabulous!
Léia

Leif Hagen said...

I especially like the tortoise! Bon weekend

Saretta said...

Livorno is a jungle!

Halcyon said...

Funny - it would be a great name for a pub though! Happy weekend!!

Lois said...

I like them all! I would be tempted to go sit down on that tortoise though.

Kaori said...

I'd love to have the swan :D

B SQUARED said...

I never met a swan with a good personality.

Carletta said...

What a fun post!
I love the statues. Wonderful finds!

Hilda said...

What a fun assortment of critters! I'm sure you'll find more in one of your walks. :)

Stine in Ontario said...

Are the dog and tortoise carved of wood? I think you must carry your camera with you everywhere, just as I do!

JM said...

''it isn't one of those picturesque and full of history names of an English pub'', but it could be one of Aesop's fables! :-)

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Very interesting! :-D Cute and funny too!

We have a tortoise very much like that at the Detroit Zoo. My Mom had a swan like that she planted purple petunias in--I think it was bigger, though.

Andreea said...

:) It does sound like the name of an English pub. The dog seems very content to bask in the sun, cute photo.